Nida Dar in action. © ICC

Nida Dar Pakistan allrounder said she is eager to return to the field and start training with her teammates as soon as the lockdown subsides. Cricket has come to standstill due to COVID-19 pandemic and Dar has stated that she would be planning a trip with her buddies once the situation is ideal.

“I am missing all these things but I am trying to keep myself busy during lockdown,” Dar told Geo News. “Once this is over I will go on a trip to the northern areas of Pakistan with my friends.”

Dar, like many others, has been spending some quality time with her family and engaging herself in various other activities, whilst staying indoors.

“This is something I don’t get in my routine life as I am mostly busy with my cricket schedule,” she said.

“I am spending maximum time with my family and I keep talking to them all the day. I also play cricket with kids, sometimes I play badminton and spend time playing scrabble.”

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The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) trainers have issued guidelines to players and have asked them to send videos online regarding various exercises and stuff which is related to either batting, bowling or fielding. Dar feels the fitness exercises are easy and simple and can be followed by her teammates to keep themselves fit and healthy.

“We are told by guided by the trainers on our fitness routines,” she said. “We have been instructed about weight exercises to do at home during online sessions which I do post-Iftar.”

The allrounder is also watching her videos closely and is analysing them in order to improve her game. She also praised Sana Mir, former Pakistan captain who announced her retirement recently, and her contribution to the game.

“She’s a legend. Women’s cricket in Pakistan got the due recognition because of her and I salute Sana for all the achievements and success,” Dar said.

“Sana knew what a player is thinking. She has supported players on and off the field and there are many who grew up as cricketers, including myself, under Sana’s guidance. I want to thank her for all her services for women’s cricket.”